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Our 2023 NFL Betting Preview "E-Book" is also now live and FREE to access on our website. We have spent the entire offseason researching, reading articles, listening to podcasts, and ignoring our familial responsibilities to find and filter the best and most important NFL information and best bets you need for this upcoming season. For this edition, we will cover the 2023 betting prospects of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
As part of our 2023 NFL Betting Preview E-Book series, we will look at the current state of each team in an attempt to identify reasons for optimism and causes for concern and, most importantly, what can be exploited in the current betting marketplace. Make sure to read our Glossary and Analytics keyword primer below, as we release one team betting preview chapter at a time from now through Monday, August 28th.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS - REASONS FOR OPTIMISM
Mike Tomlin is still the coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has finished over .500 in every one of his 16 seasons, so why expect anything different this year? Even with pedestrian-at-best quarterback play, the Steelers finished with more wins than losses. QB Kenny Pickett showed some promise though last season, going 7-2, even if the stats don’t necessarily back it up. The Steelers did all of this despite facing the 2nd-toughest schedule according to DVOA. This year, they have solidified the left side of their offensive line by drafting LT Broderick Jones and signing LG Isaac Seumalo. It is expected that Pickett takes a step forward with Diontae Johnson, George Pickens, and FA signing Allen Robinson II. On defense, when TJ Watt was healthy, PIT went 8-2.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS - CAUSE FOR CONCERN
The Steelers were extremely fortunate to stay as healthy as they did. They didn’t have an injury to their offensive starters and no impactful injuries to their defense with the exception of TJ Watt. That will inevitably change this year. Kenny Pickett and the Steelers offense finished ranked #1 in the NFL in 3rd down conversion over expected, which is also not sustainable. Pickett found success from a win-loss perspective, despite pedestrian statistics. That will likely regress this season. The PIT defense also sees several starters finding new homes this offseason, including 3 from the secondary. If the Steelers had this roster and a different head coach without his successful track record, what would their win total be? One would have to think that their market valuation is highly influenced by those last 16 years of success
PITTSBURGH STEELERS - BETTING OPPORTUNITIES
There wasn’t a team that I found fewer betting opportunities than I did with the Steelers. From a win-total perspective, the market and I are in line. I also generally want to fade Mike Tomlin’s group as favorites and back them as dogs. The market reflects this. In fact, the only value I had on the Steelers was as a favorite and I found they were short-changed as a dog. So where do we go from here? In week 1, the Steelers, who were 8-2 when TJ Watt was healthy, play the 49ers who just happen to have the best defense in the league last year. SF has questions at quarterback, particularly for week 1, and the Steelers have Kenny Pickett, who will likely be a question mark all year long.
2023 PITTSBURGH STEELERS BEST BET
- Week 1: Week 1: SF/PIT under 41